Textiles Self-Study and Advisory Panel visit

The Textiles Self-Study and Advisory Panel visit will take place on May 4-6, with panel members: Michael Koch, Chair of the Committee and Owner, LA Mills; Ingrid Bachmann, Graduate Program Director/Associate Professor, Concordia University; Fiona Dieffenbacher, Director, BFA Fashion Design Program, Parsons The New School for Design; Clare Johnston, Head of Textiles/Professor, Royal College of Art.

The Board of Trustees has established the program of departmental self-studies and visiting panels to help maintain academic programs at RISD, facilitate their ongoing development, and ensure their high quality.

Approximately every five years, each department and Academic Commons area generates a self-study and helps to identify panelists from other organizations who are knowledgeable about the particular field.

We bring the panelists to RISD so they can meet members of the department, visit studios, and see exhibitions of student and faculty work. Through additional discussions, the visitors consider the relationships of the department with other groups at RISD, as well as with constituencies and opportunities beyond the institution. After the campus visit, the panelists provide a report on their observations and recommendations.

The department considers this feedback in generating a planning document, in collaboration with Academic Affairs, to project future resourcing and program development.

The Board of Trustees considers all of these materials in discussing strengths, weaknesses, and needs of an academic unit as they relate to goals, faculty, students, curriculum, and facilities.